Jenness State Beach Redevelopment Project

August 24, 2017

Many thanks to the attendees who came to the August 9th public information session. We would like to make a correction to the timeline presented at the meeting. The division will be attending the Rye Planning Board meeting on September 12th, not September 5th. The agenda for the September 12th planning board meeting is posted on their webpage.

Public Comment about the project is requested. Deadline to provide comment is September 15, 2017and may be sent to Johanna.Lyons@nh.gov.

July 2017 Update

The Division is pleased to announce that $1,000,000 in capital budget funding for the Jenness State Beach bathhouse has been appropriated in this biennium’s budget to construct a new toilet building and upgrade the parking lot. A public information session will be held on August 9, 2017, 6:00 pm at the Rye Public Library to discuss the design.

The Jenness State Beach bathhouse was constructed in 1980. There is a 70 car parking lot adjacent to the bathhouse; however, the facility serves a much greater population with over 400 cars parking along Ocean Boulevard, adjacent streets and in private lots (approximately 1,400 people per day) within a 15 minute walk.

The new design was the result of conversations the Division had with elected officials and other stakeholders about the Jenness Beach redevelopment project. A building and site design has been designed to accommodate the visitors to the beach that is also now fully compliant with current ADA standards. This design update incorporates suggestions by visitors and residents including keeping the parking lot direction the same, providing an universally accessible walkway along the seawall and limiting the length of the building along the roadway.
Below is a comparison of the existing facility the 2016 design and the NEW 2017 design.

Existing Structure 2016 Proposed Facility  2017 Proposed Facility 
Foot Print
11 feet by 36 feet
41 feet by 42 feet  26 feet by 40 feet 
Square Feet
443 square feet
1,094 square feet  1,040 square feet 
Height
10 feet
18 feet to ridge
25 feet to peak of cupola
17 feet 2 inches
Distance from
Property Line

0 feet
28 feet  23 feet
Width Along Road
11 feet
41 feet 26 feet 
Women's Room
4 toilets/1 sink
5 toilets/ 1 multiport sink  5 toilets/ 1 multiport sink
Men's Room
1 toilet/2 urinals/1 sink
2 toilets/3urinals
1 multiport sink 
2 toilets/3urinals
1 multiport sink 
Number of Family
Bathrooms

0
1 1
Number of
Changing Rooms

1 men's / 0 women's
3 unisex
4 unisex  2 unisex
Questions? Comments?
Johanna.Lyons@dred.nh.gov or 603-271-3556

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May 2017 Update

The implementation of the Jenness Beach redevelopment project was delayed due to the filing of an injunction by the abutters for the construction of the bathhouse and parking lot improvements. While the decision by Merrimack County Superior Court was granted in the state’s favor in late November, it was too late for the contractor to meet the construction and budget schedule as planned to open the new facilities in June of 2017.

This past winter the Division has been in discussion with the Governor’s office, the legislature and other stakeholders about the Jenness Beach redevelopment project. In addition, we’ve been working with the design and engineering consultants to explore other sites and design for the facility. In the next few months, if funding is provided in the state capital budget, we will be reaching out to the public to discuss our plans. Thank you and have a great summer!


October 2016 Update

The Governor and Executive Council met today and approved the contract with SMART Assistive Technologies LLC for the Jenness Bathhouse replacement and parking lot improvements. At today’s meeting the Governor and Executive Councilors were given a schematic model to show the location, height and size of the new building (of course it is best to use the scaled site and construction plans for exact placement).


Senator Stiles Letter
Jenness Beach Bath Site Overlay Model 
Jenness Beach Presentation August 31, 2016 
Jenness Beach Bathhouse Site Plan (Revised) (4 MB)
Jenness Beach Bathhouse Plan Set, part 1 (7 MB)
Jenness Beach Bathhouse Plan Set, part 2 (9 MB)
State Fire Marshall Letter
Jenness Beach Project DES Waiver Letter
Rye Planning Board Meeting Minutes, May 10, 2016

Town of Rye Ocean Boulevard Corridor Parking Assessment Study
NH Coastal Byway Corridor Management Plan
Jenness Beach Bathhouse Permit Plan 
Jenness Beach Bathhouse Wetlands Permit Application
Jenness Beach Bathhouse Schematic Plan (4 MB)
Jenness Beach Bathhouse Concept Plan (aerial view)
Jenness Beach Bathhouse Fact Sheet